All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable
for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;
so that the man of God may be adequate,
equipped for every good work.
– 2 Tim 3:16
For the word of God is living and active
and sharper than any two-edged sword,
and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit,
of both joints and marrow, and
able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
– Heb 4:12
Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
But trust Him for His grace;
Behind the frowning providence
He hides a smiling face.
Blind unbelief is sure to err
And scan His work in vain;
God is His own interpreter,
And He will make it plain.
– William Cowper
Ah. I see.
… Did I really have to do all that to get to this?
Alright. It’s done. I’m glad.
Treasure. Hold. Ponder. Wait.
“Prayer is the discipline of the moment. When we pray, we enter into the presence of God whose name is God-with-us. To pray is to listen attentively to the One who addresses us here and how. To pray is to listen to that voice of love. That is what obedience is all about. The word “obedience” comes from the Latin word ob-audire, which means to listen with great attentiveness. Without listening, we become “deaf” to the voice of love. The Latin word for deaf is surdus. To be completely deaf is be absurdus, yes, absurd. When we no longer pray, no longer listen to the voice of love that speaks to us in the moment, our lives become absurd lives in which we are thrown back and forth between the past and the future. If we could just be, for a few minutes each day, fully where we are, we would indeed discover that we are not alone and that the One who is with us wants only one thing: to give us love.”
– Henri Nouwen. Here and Now, Pg 19-20
“There are no part-time contemplatives, just as there are no part-time Christians, nor part-time men. From the day that we begin to believe in Christ and acknowledge Him as Lord, there is no moment – awake, asleep, walking, sitting, working, learning, eating, playing – that is not marked by God’s hold on us, which is not lived in the name of Jesus in the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.” – Abhishiktenanda (a Benedictine monk in India), Delhi, 1967
Prayer: the soul in paraphrase, heart in pilgrimage
– George Herbert
“I dare to say that it is possible for those who really are willing to reckon on the power of the Lord, for keeping and victory, to lead a life in which His promises are taken as they stand, and are found to be true. It is possible to cast all our care on Him daily, and to enjoy deep peace in doing it. It is possible to have the thoughts and imaginations of our hearts purified in the deepest meaning of the word, through faith. It is possible to see the will of God in everything, and to receive it, not with sighing, but with singing. It is possible, in the inner life of desire and feeling, to lay aside all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and evil-speaking, every day and every hour. It is possible, by taking complete refuge in divine power, to become strong through and through; And where previously our greatest weakness lay, to find that the things which formerly upset all our resolves to be patient, or pure, or humble, furnish today an opportunity – through Him who loved us, and works in us an agreement with His will, and a blessed sense of His presence and power – to make sin powerless. These things are divine possibilities, and because they are His work, the true experience of them will always cause us to bow lower at His feet and to learn to thirst and long for more. We cannot possibly be satisfied with anything less then – each day, hour, moment, in Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit – to walk with God.” (Bishop Moule)
Thank God, a life of victory is sure for those who have a knowledge of their inward ruin and are hopeless in themselves, but who, in “the confidence of despair”, have looked to Jesus and, in faith in His power to make the act of surrender possible for them, they have done it, in His might, and now rely on Him alone every day and every hour.
– Andrew Murray. The Prayer Life, Pg 74-75
Counter update: Lesson #47. Moving along. Thank you, Lord.
He has a sense of humour! What were the odds, in a place like this? And the story…